clothing selection is an important factor in creating your Pin-Up look. When
selecting your wardrobe, there are a few factors to consider: the style,
your purpose, your features, and your comfort level.
style of the portrait helps determine what type of clothing you should wear.
If you are going for the classic 1940s Pin-Up, select something that is
cute, appropriately revealing, and perhaps themed. Layers often work well to
create a playful illusion – such as a jacket with no blouse.
you go with a more modern style of pin-up, sexy multi-piece lingerie works
really well. Garters, stockings, and strapless bras are amazing.
matter the style, having consistency in a clothing choice is important (per
outfit). Solid colors and complimentary colors work well together (like all
red, or red and black). Selecting a theme may also help with your clothing
selection – such as military or housewife.
your pin-ups to be personalized? Themed shoots are classic and amazing. Does
your man play poker? How about a strip poker theme. Does he work in an
office? A sexy secretary sounds nice. Does he love working on classic cars?
Coveralls and a tool box are perfect. Military? Grab his dress uniform and
you're set. ANY occupation or hobby can be used as a theme.
may seem like common sense, but consider why you are having your pin-up
portraits created. Is it for a gift for your husband or boyfriend? A
calendar you are going to be displaying in your house. Will you post your
images on facebook? Are the images private and just to document how good you
look right now?
you plan on displaying your images publicly (like facebook or on a
calendar), you may want the images to be less revealing. If your images are private, you might chose to have your
images highlight your assets and be more revealing. We can certainly create a
variety of different types (some public, some private), but deciding what
you want to do with the images is an important factor in determining your
person’s body is shaped differently. We all have certain features we like
better than others. Selecting clothing that highlights your favorite
features and compliments your body type is important. Select appropriate
final consideration is your comfort level. The clothing you wear is entirely
up to you. You can wear as much or as little as you like. Make sure
you are comfortable with your selections – if you are uncomfortable it
will show in the photographs. My job is to make you look good in whatever
you wear. And I'm good at my job.
are several great locations locally to purchase or rent clothing, depending
on your needs.
Civic Theatre’s Costume Shop has lots of great vintage costumes
Keepers has lots of great vintage themed clothing
Clothing rocks my face off when it comes to vintage dresses
or Value Village has a few rare finds that may work perfect
Secret has great modern pin-up clothing choices
has some great clothing choices for plus size pin-ups
Topic has a nice selection of rockabilly pin-up clothing choices
Hair and Make-Up
is also essential to the perfect pin-up look. When doing make-up, we’ll
venture a bit outside of the ordinary make-up world. Make-up for
photography, specifically pin-up, is more exaggerated than what you would
normally wear. In order to maintain the classic style of pin-up, you need to
wear make-up that is heavier than normal. A professional photo make-up
artist produces the best overall look, as they are familiar with both the
pin-up style and application process for creating knock-out photographs.
Quite often, your make-up will appear very heavy and exaggerated – for the
photos, this is perfect.
hair will be customized based on your hair length and type as well as your
body type. My make-up artist is top notch when it comes to the Pin-Up look.
be done up for a night out after the session, too.
are a classic part of any pin-up session. It is the heavy use of them that
helps define the pin-up look. They can range from accent pieces (like an
apron and cook book) to major pieces to move around (like a treasure chest).
Selecting appropriate props to highlight your theme helps create a polished
items that have a special significance is also a great idea. If you have a
work shirt, uniform, or tool used by your hubby or boyfriend, it can be a
great and meaningful addition to the image. It personalizes the experience
and is fun to play with.
props are not required for every shot, they do add a special flavor to the
final product. Find things you think are fun or unique. The sky is the
you are looking for the perfect prop, try checking out:
Stores – they carry lots of items from many different time periods
Sales – you’d be surprised at the things you can find.
– Ask around to see if a friend has something you can borrow.
Your Own Home – Almost anything can be a prop
– still can’t find it? Try shopping online.